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Northlanders Hit the Gym During Cold Weather

Dan Romano
January 06, 2017 10:46 PM

The cold weather is keeping Northlanders indoors, but there are a few hearty folks that are finding a way to stay warm and they're burning a few calories, too.

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Over at the Downtown Duluth YMCA, a number of people are using the frigid weather as motivation to, of all things, work up a sweat.

Dozens of amateur players filled the basketball courts playing Shirts and Skins during the noon basketball session.

Joe Budisalovich, a frequent basketball player at the Y, said, "It makes it harder to get up in the morning, but it's nice to come get away from [the cold] and forget about all of the weather."

Because Lake Superior is a little cooler than ideal for a dip, swimmers were cranking out laps in the pool.

Dave Zbaracki is training for a triathlon, and he says the pool at the Y is great way to exercise while hiding from the cold weather.

Zbaracki said, "I looked at the forecast and looked at the kid at the bus stop, and I thought today was a good day for a swim and bank some miles. I guess even I have my limits."

Maxwell Rubesch, a lifeguard at the YMCA, doesn't mind coming to work when the temperatures are frigid, because he spends his time at the pool where the thermostat feels more like Miami rather than Minnesota in January.

Rubesch said, "It's a blessing to come here in shorts and a t'shirt, 365 days, and enjoy the nice weather."


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